Loch ness monsters and raining frogs, Jack, Albert
Автор: Jack Albert Название: It`s a wonderful word HB ISBN: 1847946690 ISBN-13(EAN): 9781847946690 Издательство: Random House - Penguin Рейтинг: Цена: 1103 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Автор: Albert Jack Название: Shaggy Dogs and Black Sheep ISBN: 0141039566 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780141039565 Издательство: Random House - Penguin Рейтинг: Цена: 848 р. Наличие на складе: Есть у поставщика Поставка под заказ.
Описание: The English language is crammed with colorful phrases and sayings that we use without thinking every day. This book explores the origins of phrases from the rich traditions of the navy, army and law to confidence tricksters and highwaymen, from the practices of ancient civilizations to Music Hall and pubs.
Автор: Albert Jack Название: What Caesar Did For My Salad ISBN: 014104344X ISBN-13(EAN): 9780141043449 Издательство: Random House - Penguin Рейтинг: Цена: 678 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Описание: Did you know that the Cornish pasty was invented to protect tin miners from arsenic poisoning, or that the word salary comes from Roman soldiers being paid their wages in salt? Why do we eat goose (or turkey) at Christmas? This title tells the strange tales behind our favourite dishes and drinks and where they come from.
Описание: The fun and fascinating follow-up to the international bestseller Red Herrings and White Elephants Why do people put their "skeletons in a closet," "have a hunch," "get the cold shoulder," "get dressed up to the nines," or "call a spade a spade?" These phrases are used every day, yet most people have little or no idea where most of them come from. In Black Sheep and Lame Ducks, Albert Jack takes readers on a journey through the curious- and often bizarre-origins of hundreds of their favorite idioms and expressions. For example, "wearing your heart on your sleeve" comes from the Middle Ages, when a lady would "give her heart" in the form of a handkerchief pinned to the sleeve of a knight who was about to go into battle. And calling someone the "black sheep in the family" refers to a thousands- year-old belief that a black lamb in a flock was unpopular because its fleece was undyeable and therefore less valuable. With Black Sheep and Lame Ducks, any language-lover can feel like a "Smart Aleck"-and also know exactly who that was.
Автор: Albert Jack Название: Ye Olde Dog and Duck ISBN: 1846142539 ISBN-13(EAN): 9781846142536 Издательство: Random House - Penguin Рейтинг: Цена: 1200 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Описание: Why should pubs be called The Cross Keys, The Dew Drop Inn or The Hope and Anchor. This book tells the stories behind pub names to reveal how they offer fascinating and subversive insights on our history, customs, attitudes and jokes in just the same way that nursery rhymes do.
Автор: Albert Jack Название: They Laughed at Galileo ISBN: 147211664X ISBN-13(EAN): 9781472116642 Издательство: Little, Brown Рейтинг: Цена: 1320 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Описание: That will never work... The new title from the author behind Red Herrings and White Elephants.
Описание: Have you heard the one about... - Walt Disney's frozen body? - Coca-Cola owning Santa Claus? - Alligators living in New York City sewers? We all love a good story. But where do the urban legends, conspiracy theories, and old wives' tales we hear every day really originate? Albert Jack explores the best, strangest, and funniest of the tales so many of us take as gospel, and uncovers some eye-popping true stories that are even more far-fetched than their mythical counterparts. From Robin Hood to JFK's brain, from hamsters under carpets to mysterious travelers, you'll never be short of a scary or bizarre anecdote again.
Автор: Albert Jack Название: The Old Dog and Duck ISBN: 0141043431 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780141043432 Издательство: Random House - Penguin Рейтинг: Цена: 763 р. Наличие на складе: Есть у поставщика Поставка под заказ.
Описание: Suitable for those who have ever wondered why pubs should be called The Cross Keys, The Dew Drop Inn or The Hope and Anchor, this title brings together the stories behind pub names to reveal how they offer subversive insights on our history, customs, attitudes and jokes in just the same way that nursery rhymes do.
Описание: FOOLED BY FABLES? LED ON BY LEGENDS? MYTH-GUIDED? WONDER NO MORE, MYSTERY-PHILES: THE TRUTH IS IN HERE What in the world (or out of it) made those giant crop circles? Did skydiving skyjacker D. B. Cooper really get away with it? Is Bigfoot a big fake? Are ETs just BS? If you're tired of scratching your head over persistent puzzlers like these, mystery-buster Albert Jack has the cure for your quizzical itch. He's gone hunting for the truth behind more than thirty of the most famous and baffling conundrums in history. Did a conspiracy or a calamity kill Marilyn Monroe? Is the Bermuda Triangle a tropical tall tale? Was a dead Paul McCartney replaced by a doppelg nger? How did Edgar Allan Poe meet his doom? In quick-witted entries on each enigmatic topic, Loch Ness Monsters and Raining Frogs offers answers certain to surprise, enlighten, amuse, and perhaps disappoint true believers. But Albert Jack never fails to fascinate and entertain as he spills the beans about the odd, the eerie, and the (no longer) unexplained.
Описание: From the international bestselling author of Red Herrings and White Elephants--a curious guide to the hidden histories of classic nursery rhymes. Who was Mary Quite Contrary, or Georgie Porgie? How could Hey Diddle Diddle offer an essential astronomy lesson? Do Jack and Jill actually represent the execution of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette? And if Ring Around the Rosie isn't about the plague, then what is it really about? This book is a quirky, curious, and sometimes sordid look at the truth behind popular nursery rhymes that uncovers the strange tales that inspired them--from Viking raids to political insurrection to smuggling slaves to freedom. Read Albert Jack's posts on the Penguin Blog.
Автор: Jack Albert Название: It`s a Wonderful Word ISBN: 0099562324 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780099562320 Издательство: Random House - Penguin Рейтинг: Цена: 848 р. Наличие на складе: Невозможна поставка.
Описание: Did you know that an assassin is a hashish-eater and a yokel a country woodpecker? That Dr Mesmer mesmerised patients back to health or that Samuel Pepys enjoyed a good game of handicap? This title collects over 500 of the strangest, and funniest-sounding words in the English language, and traces them back to their often puzzling origins.
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